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Student Life

The Department of Student Life advances student success by serving as the catalyst for student involvement through experiences, services and facilities that enhance leadership development, diversity and inclusion, community engagement and personal wellness. We provide opportunities for every student to define a unique involvement story that prepares them to lead and serve as an engaged global citizen.

Our Offices

Getting involved is essential for success. Research suggests that students who are involved in student organizations and campus activities make higher grades and have a better college experience. Through Student Life programming, you will discover your passion and strengths, feel more connected to campus and gain important leadership experience to help you find internships and jobs. Most importantly, you'll make friends and have fun!

Provides support, guidance and mentorship for the 46 Greek organizations and their more than 6,500 members.
Phone: 803-777-3506

Provides opportunities for students to get hands-on experience in print, broadcast and online media; advertising sales; and graphic design through The Daily Gamecock newspaper, Garnet & Black magazine, SGTV and WUSC-FM.
: 803-777-3888

Equips students to positively impact their communities through involvement in student organizations, leadership development, service and civic engagement.
Phone: 803-777-7130

Promotes an inclusive campus environment by providing educational programs for the university community and support programs for historically underrepresented student populations.
Phone: 803-777-7716

Helps students transition to and thrive in off-campus residences and understand the rights and responsibilities of residing in Columbia.
: 803-777-3366

Serves as the central resource for parents and families of USC students. Parent and Family Programs offers informative communications, including a monthly newsletter and award winning mobile-app, and coordinates the annual Family Weekend.
Phone: 800-868-6752 toll free

Serves as the center of student activity at USC and is home to Gamecock Entertainment, Event Services, The Intersection, the Russell Underground, Leadership and Service Center, lounges and meeting rooms as well as various dining and retail spaces.
Phone: 803-777-3196 

Supports all students in their personal development, including a diversity of identities related to faith, spirituality and religion.
Phone: 803-777-9886

Works closely with university administration, faculty and staff to represent the interests of students, preserve and protect traditions, and support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors.
Phone: 803-777-2654

Graduate Student Association


Student Life hosts hundreds of events throughout the year in hopes you'll find at least a few that pique your interest and help you get connected to the USC community! 

Event Calendar: USC students, faculty, and staff can find Student Life events via Garnet Gate. Be sure to log in using your university credentials to view the full listing!

Signature Events: Listed below are campus-wide, annual, student-loved events hosted by the Department of Student Life. 

Central Staff

Staff in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Life oversee and support the department's assessment, communications, finance, human resources and other central functions.

Anna Edwards

Title: Chief of Staff for Student Affairs & Academic Support; Associate Vice President for Student Life
Phone: 803-777-5782

Sammie Burt

Title: Talent Manager
Phone: 803-777-9073

Megan Colascione

Title: Assessment Director
Phone: 803-777-6688

Nancy Derrick

Title: Director of Finance and Personnel
Phone: 803-777-3015

Anitra Harris

Title: Coordinator of Assessment and Data Management

Mary Hallman

Title: Fiscal Analyst
Phone: 803-777-8182

Matthew Hinds

Title: Director of Administration
Phone: 803-777-9886

Tecola Jones

Title: Billing Coordinator
Phone: 803-576-6168

Will Sheppard

Title: Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
Phone: 803-777-5850

Kathryn Taylor

Title: Fiscal Coordinator
Phone: 803-777-5782

Jeni Terrapin

Title: Student Staff Coordinator
Phone: 803-576-7857

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